62-year-old Singh, who steadfastly announced Modi’s name as BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate despite opposition from seniors like L K Advani, is going to be one of the trusted lieutenants of Prime Minister Modi with a major say in the functioning of the government.
Singh, a two-term BJP president, rose from a BJP activists in Gorakhpur, where he tought physics in a local college, to Chief Minister of politically crucial Uttar Pradesh and then Transport and Agriculture Minister in Atal Bihar Vajpayee government.
His rise in politics has been gradual and steady during which he had been BJP chief from 2006 to 2009 and earned the reputation of being an able administrator as Union Minister and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.
Elected to Lok Sabha from Lucknow, Singh has emerged from the ranks as a political heavyweight in the party largely due to his proximity to BJP’s spiritual mentor RSS.
After taking over BJP’s reins for the first time from Advani in December 2005, Singh sought to rebuild the party by focusing on basic Hindutva ideologies and said there would be “no compromise” on building the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
However, he not only failed to steer the party to power in the 2009 general elections but BJP’s poll tally dropped by 22 seats compared to 2004 Lok Sabha polls.
Born on July 10, 1951 at Bhabhaura village in Uttar Pradesh’s Chandauli district, Singh obtained MSc in physics from Gorakhpur University and was appointed lecturer in the K B Post degree college in Mirzapur in 1971.
Singh’s association with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh began in 1964 when he was only 13 year old. Even as lecturer he remained attached to RSS.
Rising step by step, he began his political innings with BJP’s student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in 1969 as its organising secretary in Gorakhpur and rose to become the secretary of the then Bharatiya Jan Sangh’s Mirzapur unit in 1974.
During the Emergency, Singh joined Jaiprakash Narayan’s movement and was arrested in July 1975 before being released in 1977.
(With inputs from PTI)
“The Ram Mandir issue is not a political, but a cultural issue. The matter is also sub judice. The matter is in the Supreme Court and we are only waiting for the judgment,” Rajnath said.
"My trust has been completely shaken. The kind of support which we should be getting from them(Pakistan) on the issue of terrorism, that is not happening," Singh said.
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The ambush took place between Hengshi and Tuiyang villages around 12.30 pm when the JCO and other jawans were returning after inspecting a landslide scene in the locality.
“We have also written to various states to ensure that it is completely stopped,” he added.
The NIA had last week, in a U-turn, dropped all charges against Thakur and five others in the Malegaon blasts case.
Chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh at his residence, the meeting was attended by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and MoS, PMO, Jitendra Singh.
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Singh said safety, security, dignity and wellbeing of our children and young people will determine the wellbeing and strength of our countries.
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The high-level meeting took stock of the prevailing situation in hinterland and border areas, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir which recently saw unrest.
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Rajanth Singh expressed confidence that there will be no increase in the terror outfit’s activities in India in future too.
While the minister, who ranks second in the Cabinet, appeared unruffled by the MP’s remark, elated Congress members were seen welcoming his intervention.
"Three teams of NDRF and three IAF MI-17 helicopters were also engaged to control the situation," said Singh
Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was the notable exception who could not attend his scheduled chaupal in Rae Bareli.
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Singh called up Chief Minister Kalikho Pul and took stock of the situation in the state following the landslide in border town Tawang and floods in Changlang and a few other districts.
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"The world has started recognising India's power. No country can avoid us and they have to keep India in their mind," Singh said
"We don't want to raise questions over sovereignty and self-respect of any country in the world. But if anyone raises questions over the sovereignty and self-respect of India, then it will not be tolerated at all," Singh said.
The high-level meeting also discussed the issue of Pakistan's denial of permission to an NIA team to visit the country in connection with the Pathankot airbase terror attack.
The minister also assured contractual employees demanding regularisation and better pay package of finding a “solution” to their problems since “there is no crunch of funds”.
The Home Minister's statement came after clashes occurred at NIT, Srinagar following team India's defeat against West Indies in the World Cup T20 semi-final.
Highlighting the steps taken by his government in this regard, Singh said that a few months ago he had visited the India-Bangladesh border and held "talks with the Bangladesh government".
His body was flown to Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday, to be taken to his home in Alappuzha. But relatives reportedly found the body was decomposed, naked and wrapped in a black plastic sheet.
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“I have come to know through the media that the Pakistan team is coming. We are fully prepared,” Singh said on the sidelines of a function in New Delhi.
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Rajnath Singh quoted from the report to say, “This burnt mass material belongs to human male. It could not be possible to establish the identity of burnt male remains as under reference.”